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On the Road During a Time of War: Migrant Journeys through a Wary Europe

Anthropology Now (print edition)


Many Middle Eastern and African migrants pass through three emotional stages: trepidation before the dangerous journey; joy after safe arrival; and then, all too often, disillusionment.

Her Road From Damascus

Anthropology Now (digital edition)


How Raghad Alhallak and her family sold their home and bakery, scaled a mountain, fought off wild dogs, evaded border guards and nearly drowned at sea -- before being welcomed in Germany

Hordes at the Gates? Look Again

The Huffington Post/The WorldPost

The images of crazed migrant hordes bursting through the checkpoints of Fortress Europe make for great TV -- but leave the wrong impression. This is mainly a movement ordinary people, forced by war and poverty into taking extraordinary chances.


Burying Minority Istanbul: Last Glimpses of the Cosmopolitan City

Anthropology Now (digital edition)

A Black Sea family had boldly extended its living quarters into an ethnic Greek cemetery. I wasn't sure what upset me more: the desecration, or the historical wrong.

Tea on the Balcony


I planned a sybaritic summer in a Turkish village by the sea. I didn't consider that I might have trouble fitting in.

Crossing Switzerland's St. Gotthard Divide


The railroad that bridged German and Italian Switzerland was meant to unify the nation. Up close, the story looked a little different.

Myth of the Empty Frontier

The San Francisco Chronicle

Explorers' diseases wiped out native populations long before settlers arrived

Deferred Futures

The San Francisco Chronicle

Why young adults can't hang on to what they earn

Peso Power

Institutional Investor

Driven by yield fever, foreign investors are snapping up Latin American bonds denominated in local currencies. It's a great deal--while it lasts.

Return to the Belle Epoque


On an island off the coast of Istanbul, one man pursues a vision of the past

Latin America 2007

Global Finance

Prominent thinkers, financiers and corporate leaders peer into the future and bet on the investment climate 10 years from now

Dancing with the Bear

Global Finance

Mother Russia is on the move, she can't stand still, she's restless and she can't find rest, she's talking and she can't stop.

Back to Work


Most women return, and many also make time for play

Letting Go


The currency band, once praised as a sound middle ground between volatile free-floating money and unpatriotic dollarisation, has fallen out of fashion in Latin America.

Trade Warrior

Working Woman

Increasing exports is an uphill battle

Crime Comes Down Hard on Caracas as High Life Ends

The Associated Press/The Miami Herald

A story that Venezuelans tell on their Colombian neighbors is coming true at home

How - and Why - the U.S. Saved the Peso in '94

The San Francisco Chronicle

One of Mexico's most prominent political scientists examines the bailout

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